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May 2018 preparations

Discussion in 'Camino de Madrid' started by James Tabano, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. James Tabano

    James Tabano New Member Donating Member

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    Traveling my first Camino Madrid first two weeks of May 2018. Any suggestions on general weather conditions? Have conversational Spanish skills but like to be somewhat prepared particularly for clothing. Thanks so much for any and all input.

    Jim, NYC
     
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    jsalt Jill Donating Member

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    May would be an excellent time to walk, before it gets to hot. You may find it quite cool in the mornings though, we always do our Caminos the last week of April, for the last 3 years, and so far have avoided the rain. Buen Camino
     
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    as gaillimh Active Member

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    Way too early. Get very fit and buy best footwear you can afford
     
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    timr Active Member Donating Member

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    @James Tabano I started on May 4th this year.
    I gave an account here
    www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/a-short-walk-from-madrid.47865/
    Obviously can only speak of this year. Never cold. A few very hot days. Mostly ideal. A bit showery.
    I met a group of five walking together and one other singleton. That's all. I loved it. I haven't finished it yet, but hope to return to Valladolid and start again in the autumn.
    You will see accounts from @Magwood and @Undermanager also on the forum, who were 7 or 10 days ahead of me this year.
     
  6. James Tabano

    James Tabano New Member Donating Member

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    Recommendations on footwear for early MAY. So much hearsay: boots, no boot, insoles, etc.
     
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    To some extent James it would depend where you are starting. If I have picked this up right you are doing two weeks, is that right? Are you starting from St Jean? You ask about boots we have started twice from St Jean in May once on the 1st (2011) and once on the 14th (2014). In 2011 rain and mist found us in Valcarlos valley and a few days in we were totally drenched going to Estella and our boots Solid British leather boots took 5days to dry. In 2014 there was snow above St Jean the day before we started but it was clear on the day we went over the Napoleon route, which incidentally we found to be easier and sun, sun, sun, all the way to Santiago Our footwear now is Merrell shoes coupled with Keen sandals and I have walked the whole way in the Keens and was blister free , but do break in your footwear before you go. I case you did not get that break in your footwear before you go and by the way here is a really good tip, break in your footwear before you go. If you are leaving St Jean around the 14th next May we might see you there, and be sure not to take it too seriously and above all enjoy it. A last word of warning before you take that first step this is not a walk it is an addiction!!!!!
     
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    James Tabano New Member Donating Member

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    Thanks
     
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    Anemone del Camino Camino addict

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    Ok, Jim, here is our confusion -- the Camino de Madrid goes from Madrid to Sahagun, but if you are starting in Leon, you will be nowhere near the Camino de Madrid. Maybe you meant to say you were starting the CAmino Frances in Leon. Let us know so we can get this post in the right subforum!
     
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